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Wednesday, March 21st

tonight in Chicago

They’ll be playing at Constellation.

The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, baritone saxophone; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums), live, London, 2010

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Friday, October 2nd

tonight in Chicago

These guys will be playing at Constellation.

The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, baritone and tenor saxophones; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums), live, London, 2010

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reading table

You ask: what is life? That’s like asking: what is a carrot? A carrot is a carrot, and that’s all there is to know.

—Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), letter to wife Olga Knipper-Chekhova, April 20, 1904 (translated from Russian by Cathy Popkin [Anton Chekhov’s Selected Stories, Cathy Popkin, ed.])

Thursday, February 26th

Soundtrack for your day?

Peter Brotzmann Tentet,* live, Atlanta, 2002


*PB, reeds; Ken Vandermark, reeds; Mats Gustafsson, reeds; Mars Williams, reeds; Joe McPhee, trumpet; Jeb Bishop, trombone; Fred Longberg-Holm, cello; Kent Kessler, bass; Hamid Drake, drums; Michael Zerang, drums.

Friday, May 9th

only rock ’n’ roll

The Ex & Brass Unbound,* “Cold Weather Is Back,” live, London, 2010


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art beat: yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Christopher Wool (1955-)

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*Roy Paci (trumpet), Wolkter Wierbos (trombone), Ken Vandermark (tenor saxophone), Mats Gustaffson (baritone saxophone).

Thursday, March 28th

Most saxophonists play with their mouths and fingers.

Not this guy—he uses his whole body.

Mats Gustafsson, baritone saxophone, live, Romania (Bucharest), 2010


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Sunday afternoon, at an art gallery on Chicago’s west side (Corbett vs. Dempsey), I heard Gustafsson, who lives in Sweden, perform with the Chicago-based reed player Ken Vandermark. One-word review: mesmerizing.

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musical thoughts

Sometimes discaholism is taken to its most further borders when the “holy 4″ is fulfilled:

When a vinyl has the holy 4 qualities: great music, great title, great rarity and an AMAZING cover and design!!!

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‘one piece of vinyl per day keeps the doctor away’

—Mats Gustafsson, Discaholic Corner

Wednesday, 1/9/2013

This I could listen to all day.

Neneh Cherry & The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, baritone saxophone; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums), “Dream Baby Dream,” live, Spain (San Sebastian), 2012

Thursday, 12/6/12

We ain’t never goin’ home . . .

—Neneh Cherry (59:55)*

Neneh Cherry & The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, baritone saxophone, electronics; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums), live, Austria (Konfrontationen 2012, Nickelsdorf),  7/21/12

*“Call the Police” (S. McDee).

Friday, 10/19/12

only rock ’n’ roll

The Ex & Brass Unbound,* live, Dublin, 2010

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last night

He read at the Art Institute of Chicago, where I sat rapt and happy.

Seamus Heaney, “Postscript,” Dublin, 2011

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*Mats Gustafsson (baritone saxophone), Ken Vandermark (tenor saxophone), Wolter Wierbos (trombone), Roy Paci (trumpet).

Tuesday, 8/21/12

Neneh Cherry & The Thing (Mats Gustafsson, baritone saxophone, electronics; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums)

Live, Austria (Konfrontationen 2012, Nickelsdorf),  7/21/12

“Cashback” (N. Cherry)

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“Dirt” (J. Osterburg, R. Asheton, S. Asheton, D. Alexander)

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musical thoughts

More and more, it seems, boundaries—race, gender, country, era, genre—mean less and less.

Thursday, 7/26/12

Julius Hemphill (alto saxophone), with Abdul Wadud (cello), Baikida E.J. Carroll (trumpet), Phillip Wilson (drums), “Dogon A.D.” (Dogon A.D.), 1972

The drumming is genius—he’s like the Zigaboo Modeliste of free-jazz. . . . Any musician who doesn’t like this should just stop—this is what it’s all about. It’s such a raw sound, right up in your face. This is the perfect introduction to someone who’s never heard free-jazz before. I wouldn’t mind if this piece went on for a couple hours.

Mats Gustafsson, Downbeat, 6/12

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